MOUNT VERNON — The country music duo Thompson Square will entertain the Friday night crowd at the 2012 Knox County Fair.
Thompson Square isn’t a real place, exactly. It’s the musical territory staked out by the husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, an exciting and unpredictable area where country meets rock, rough meets smooth and one vagabond heart finds a harmonious common ground with another. It’s the sweet destination where two journeys end and another one begins.
“It’s the place where we create our thing, a little fantasyland where we live,” Keifer said.
And now the rest of the world gets to discover that magical place, starting with the chart-topping duo’s self-titled debut album. Fans began truly getting to know their way around Stoney Creek Records’ Thompson Square with the release of their Grammy nominated No. 1 platinum and radio smash, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” a fitting introduction to the Thompsons’ natural chemistry and spirit of buoyant romance.
iTunes’ Country Song of the Year (2011) has grown meteorically to become the Most Played Song at Country Radio in 2011 as well as reach the top of the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart. Additionally, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Country Digital Soundscan chart and 12 consecutive weeks as the No. 1 Country Ringtone.
Things have happened very quickly since then: Thompson Square earned three fan-voted American Country Awards for Single of the Year by a Group, Single of the Year by a New Artist and Music Video of the Year by a New Artist. “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” also earned two Grammy nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance of the Year.
In all, Thompson Square was nominated for 14 industry awards in 2011 also including an American Music Award nomination for New Artist of the Year; two 2011 CMA Awards nominations for Best New Artist and Vocal Duo of the Year and two CMT Music Awards nominations.
In 2012, the current Academy of Country Music Awards nominee for Vocal Duo of the Year, is set to take Country music by storm once again with the premiere of the duo’s emotionally laden new ballad, “Glass,” hailed by The Washington Post as a “poignant meditation on human vulnerability.”